Commercial aviation in the Dominican Republic is experiencing its best moment in the transport of cargo and passengers to and from the different airports in the country. This was stated by the president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC), Dr. José Ernesto Marte Piantini, after the end of the extended meeting of ministers and officials of the Dominican Government who presented to the official delegation of Qatar that is in the country, investment opportunities, cooperation and business offered by the Dominican Republic.
During the meeting led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Alvarez, along with other officials, the president of the JAC said that “from the Civil Aviation Board we are in every disposition, as part of the Air Policy of the Dominican Republic, to grant traffic rights of Seventh Freedom in Cargo, which would imply extending the agreement that the Dominican Republic has had with Qatar since 2017”, and which allows air traffic rights up to the Fifth Freedom of the Air, which grants authorization to commercially transport passengers, mail or cargo destined to the territory of any other Contracting State and the right to disembark passengers, mail or cargo coming from any other Contracting State.
The president of the JAC also highlighted the strategic importance of the Dominican territory in the Caribbean, which has 8 international airports and bilateral relations with more than 70 States. Of these, it has air commercial relations with 68 up to the Fifth Freedom of the Air, with 19 up to the Sixth Freedom and with 26 up to the Seventh Freedom.
Marte Piantini recalled that as a result of the commitment and implementation of the open skies policy as a central axis of the air commercial policy of the President of the Republic Luis Abinader, the country has had a full recovery of air operations after the pandemic, so at the end of 2021, where it recorded 10 million 753 thousand passengers transported in arrivals and departures, this as a result of a sustainable and safe development of aviation.
In addition to the president of the Civil Aviation Board, the meeting was attended by the ministers of Industry, Commerce and Mipymes, Víctor “Ito” Bisonó; of Agriculture, Limber Cruz; of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte, and the director of Prodominicana, Biviana Riveiro.